Vermille and the Dragon

written by Claerwen Howie & illustrated by Lisa Strachan and Meg Jorgi

Vumile and the Dragon coverWhen Joe and Katie arrive to stay on their granny’s farm during the September holidays something unexpected happens. Katie follows Morris and discovers a baby dragon. Or does she? An exciting combination of entertainment and science that is easy to read and beautiful to look at.  Included a complete list of plants and animals with thumbnail images!

Claerwen Howie spent many years as a student and lecturer at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She is concerned about the need to conserve our country’s glorious biodiversity. Vumile and the Dragon is Claerwen’s first book for children. Lisa Strachan is an accomplished botanical illustrator who works closely with various botanists at Kirstenbosch Gardens on a freelance basis. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections worldwide. This is her first children’s book. MEG JORDI is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and water-colourist who studied at The College of Art in Johannesburg. She undertakes commissioned work for educational publishers, NGOs, environmental organisations, magazines and children’s books.

Beyond being a story about how a serendipitous find leads three children to exciting discoveries, Vumile and the Dragon also tells us about myth and belief, overcoming fear and provides accurate information about a dwarf chameleon rarely seen in our gardens today.

Superbly illustrated with Lisa Strachan’s detailed and vibrant colour plates, the text is further enhanced by Meg Jordi’s whimsical line and tone illustrations. Vumile and the Dragon is a must for readers and listeners young and old.

Paperback / 210 x 210 / 40 pages / Bumble Books